If a disaster should strike and your home is destroyed and you are forced to survive for several days or a week until help arrives, could you? The truth is most people aren’t but, should be. In today’s world with the constant threat of terrorism, the fury of Mother Nature, and even the shaky economy anything can happen and when it does your survival and that of your family may well depend on just what survival products you have on hand to get you through those first few difficult days until the shock wears off and either help arrives or you can take stock and form a plan for survival on your own.
What Should Your Survival Gear Entail?
At a minimum your survival gear should have enough food and water purification tablets for at least 3 days but, a week would be better. You will also need a light source, something to help you stay warm such as hand and body warmers, a first aid kit, and a sleeping bag or even a tent just in case.
It is possible for you to store some canned goods from your grocers but, keep in mind that canned goods do rust and go bad if not used within 6 months or a year. You are better off to purchase an all inclusive survival kit that contains food (in some of these kits the foods lasts up to 7 years) purification tablets, some medical supplies and heat and light sources. If you check out some of these kits they may look expensive but, when you compare them to buying the same supplies piece meal you will discover most of these kits can save you a lot.
Of course you are going to want to add a few of your own supplies to these kits, such as a hand can opener. (In case you can salvage some of the canned goods stored in your home) a pack of matches for starting a camp fire if necessary and at least one complete outfit of dry clothing for each member of the family. For those with an infant you are also going to want to include a package of dry diapers and some powdered baby formula.
You may also want to keep a small hand ax and some other tools with your emergency supplies just to be on the safe side.
Take Things One Step Further
When preparing for a disaster you need to consider not only yourself and your family but, your neighbors as well. Get your neighbors together and form a neighbor survival plan and encourage others to keep a supply of survival products on hand as well. The more people in your neighborhood that prepare for an emergency the more everyone’s chances of survival increases.
It is also a good idea to keep survival gear and kits in your office and your car since no one knows where or when a disaster will occur. All these precautions may seem like over kill now but, should the situation arise you will be glad you took the time to be prepared.